Calling participants for the ‘Negotiating Multilingual Identities among Migrant Construction Professionals’ project



We’re inviting volunteers to take part in research which examines how skilled migrants working in the building and construction sector use English language for work.

Are you or do you know someone who:

  • lives and/or works in Leeds, UK and its surrounding areas?
  • is a migrant into the UK from a non-English speaking country?
  • has a professional degree in Architecture, Chartered Surveying, Structural Engineering either in their home country or UK?
  • has English language competence?

If so, we would welcome the opportunity to hear from you.  If interested, please contact Dr Ayona Datta at the School of Geography, University of Leeds: / 01133433362.

Information on the project

The main aim of this study is to examine how Skilled Migrants (SM) from multilingual communities use English language for purposes of professional advancement in English-speaking host communities. In exploring this question, the study aims to examine how SM cope with the challenges to identity and competence in professional interactions. Successful negotiations of these social and communicative challenges are critical for the professional and economic development facilitated by skilled migration. Therefore, through an interview research with diverse migrant groups in different English-dominant countries, this project aims to understand the communication strategies and tacit skills that skilled migrants adopt to resolve their identity conflicts. In this exploratory study, researchers from universities in Bristol, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Leeds, Penn State, Rochester, Sydney, and York will interview skilled migrants from a specific speech community in their own locations to elicit narratives on the following questions:

1.         What are the social and communicative dynamics of professional interaction in the transnational workplace?
2.         What are the ways in which SM resolve the dilemmas between their local linguacultural identities and transnational professional relationships in workplace interactions?
3.         What are the tacit forms of knowledge, values, and skills that enable SM to negotiate their interactional dilemmas effectively?

Since such social and communicative challenges have not been studied adequately in skilled migration and geopolitical development, this study will contribute to reforming migration and educational policy in both sending and receiving countries by addressing such challenges better.

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